At MusicBiz in Nashville in May 2018, Joe Conyers III shared his thoughts and experiences about a wide variety of international and domestic songwriter royalty, rights, markets, and metadata issues.  We spoke of the impacts on streaming growth from cheaper smartphones in international urban markets.  We then spoke of the challenges of “ancient infrastructure” at the collecting societies, and the impacts from playlists having such global reach.   We wrapped up on the futures of Alexa and terrestrial radio, with an optimistic spin on the opportunities coming from streaming's future.  

Guest: Joe Conyers III, Co-Founder and General Manager, Songtrust; VP Technology, Downtown Music Publishing

Joe was named a Digital Power Player by Billboard Magazine in 2017 and 2016. At Downtown, Joe oversees digital/new media licensing, product management, and other technology focused initiatives. In addition to his role at Downtown, Joe leads its Songtrust rights management platform, an online service that helps music makers and rights holders collect their royalties. Since joining Songtrust just after the launch of its prototype, Joe has led its growth from under 1,000 to over 100k writers with works recorded by Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Frank Ocean, other GRAMMY winning/nominated artists. Joe advises a number of startups directly, through downtowns portfolio, as a Techstars Music Mentor and others less formally. Prior to entering the music industry, Joe worked in a variety of startup to large technology, media, and finance companies in strategy, product and analysis roles.

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